What to Keep in Your Storage Unit While You Hit The Road
May 12th, 2022
Whether you’re looking to hit the road or are already on the road, it’s essential to carry the necessary items with you and leave behind the ones you don’t need, but can access later. A self-storage unit is an excellent option for digital nomads, travelers, and people moving across the country. Whatever your route, self-storage is foundational for keeping your personal belongings, business documents, and other supplies accessible. Here are some tips on what you can and can’t keep in storage while you hit the road.
Things You Can’t Keep in Storage Across the board. There are several non-negotiables that are not allowed in storage units. They are as follows:
- Hazardous materials
- Stolen and illegal goods
- Weapons and ammunition
- Living items (and dead ones)
- Wet items
- Priceless and irreplaceable items
- Unregistered or uninsured vehicles
Without going into detail about each of these no-gos, keep in mind that anything illegal, perishable, wet, or priceless isn’t going to pass the storage inspection. If something is absolutely necessary to your livelihood and you can’t live without it, don’t put it in storage. Keep it with you or a trusted friend or family member. If it’s money or financial valuables, store it in a bank. It’s safer in a vault than it is in a storage unit without extra precaution. Check with your storage unit provider or us at M.I. Mini Storage in Newton, North Carolina to find out what you can keep and what has to go. Things You Can Keep in Storage While there are some obvious no-gos there are some items that pass the test. There are 5 categories that you can keep in storage:
- Seasonal items
- Household goods
- Business items
For household goods, this includes keepsakes, collectibles, antiques, furniture, toys, kitchen and bathroom items, books, clothes, and more. For these items, consider a climate-controlled storage unit to keep your goods in good condition. For the road, keep a kit of items you’ll need to carry with you: a few plates, bowls, Ziploc containers, paper towels, glasses, and basic kitchen tools. For wrapping items, use stronger paper than a newspaper like kraft paper.
For seasonal items, options range from Christmas gear to camping gear. Keeping it in a storage unit will allow for greater access when you need these items the most. If you’re on the road in the summer, keep your winter gear in a storage unit for the time being.
If you’re on the road, chances are you can work from anywhere or you have savings built up. Regardless, keep some of your business documents like financials or important records in filing cabinets in your unit. Clearly label them for easier access later on.
Being on the road, you won’t be needing too much entertainment because you’ll either be driving, out adventuring, or sleeping. You can keep TVs, desktop computers, printers, and other equipment in a unit while you’re off. Label all the wires and keep them in a corresponding bag so you know which is which when you come back to plug it all in again. Any appliances you have like fridges, microwaves, stoves, washers, and dryers can be kept in a storage unit. At most you might have a burner oven or a microwave in your van, but for the heavier duty items feel free to keep away until you get back.
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